Editor says, what if Nixon dropped the bomb on North Vietnam in order to save his Presidency? Please note that we have repurposed extensive content from the National Security Archives, USA Today and Wikipedia to compile this post.
Editor says, the point of divergence here is that China does not go communist in 1948 and therefore Nixon has more room for manoerve. Also, he cannot recognise Red China as a means of securing his legacy and winning a second term. The purpose of this post is to question is such a ruthless decision would have been in character. And more broadly, why the nuclear bomb was not used in Vietnam at all by either Nixon or his predecessors. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.